Alright, so one half of my tea order arrived this morning! I’m hoping to see my 52teas stuff on Monday….
This tea smells so good, fruity, and rich. I really like that the black tea base isn’t lost through all the flavoring and that the flavors do not taste artificial. At first I followed the directions on the tin of steeping for 5 minutes. I didn’t feel that the flavors and base were balanced at this length of time so I tried again at 4 minutes. Much, much better!
I added a bit of milk and sugar and was greeted with the comforting taste of dark red berries and cream. After trying a bit of Marco Polo a while back, I can totally see the resemblance but Marco is more strawberry shortcake while Paris is red berries in a river of slightly sweetened cream.
The second infusion at 6 minutes is quite a bit lighter than the first, but the balance of flavors is still present enough to be worth a second infusion. I have been drinking this with milk and sugar today, but I believe it would be equally good plain as a morning tea as it is dressed up as a dessert tea.
My love of Florence grew daily when I had her in my cupboard…initially I am liking Paris more than Florence so Paris may gain a permanent cupboard spot. Only time will tell!